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Alternative Bride: A Custom Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

by Melissa Scoppa June 11, 2019 2 Comments

Alternative Bride: A Custom Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

 This custom process started with several designs and sketches that I put together in a program called Procreate. I already had a good idea of the style that we were going for from discussions and imagery provided by the client.

I sourced a blue Sapphire that was the color, size and shape and then we got the ring underway!

Hard wax tubing is carved down by hand to the correct finger size and consistent thickness. Taking into consideration the dimensions of the Blue Sapphire, a foundation is made for the ring.

The wax ring is then encased in liquid plaster that is left to harden around it. The plaster mold is then heated allowing the wax to melt out through an opening and leaving a void within the plaster that is in the shape of the ring. Gold casting grain is heated to melting temperatures and poured into the void with centrifugal force. Once cooled, the plaster is dissolved exposing the gold ring.

Sometimes it looks worse before it looks better! To achieve a mixed metal design that combines yellow gold with white gold, soldering is another step in the process. White gold pieces are hand formed and fitted to the yellow gold ring. They are tightly held in place with steel binding wire while solder is applied and heated to flow between the metals and create a seamless connection. The heat causes oxidation on the surface of the metal that will be removed later with a pickling solution.

Additional hand made elements are fabricated for the stone's setting and precisely soldered into place. Details are engraved into the metal and curls of gold are cut away creating deep lines into the ring. 

Diamonds are flush set into the ring and the center stone can be carefully bezel set and framed tightly in yellow gold. Finally a decorative millgrain technique is used to create a series of raised beads of metal.

And that's a wrap on this one-of-a-kind engagement ring!

Melissa Scoppa
Melissa Scoppa


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Melissa Scoppa
Melissa Scoppa

June 19, 2019

Hi Terry thanks for reading. I do work in all metals. You can find out more about custom offerings here:

Terry Lewis
Terry Lewis

June 17, 2019

That is an amazingly beautiful ring. Do you work with all metals or just gold?

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Jewelry Sizing Guides

Necklace Sizing Guide

The length of a necklace affects how it looks when you wear it. Always pay attention to necklace length when you’re purchasing jewelry, and be aware of how different necklace lengths look on you.

Most pendants can not be switched to longer or shorter chains on your own and they would need to be sent in to us for the alteration. They are designed so that the pendant does not fall off of the chain and the bail (part that connects the pendant to the chain) is too small to fit over the clasp and end ring.

We suggest that you measure a necklace that you already have and that is the length that you are looking for. Measurements should be taken from end to end including the clasp.


Ring Sizing Guide

Method #1

To get the most accurate measurement possible we urge you to get professionally sized at a local jewelry store and it that is not possible, pick up one of our Plastic Ring Sizers available in the shop. This sizer gives a pretty accurate measurement and is essentially free since it comes with a 4$ coupon code for a future ring purchase with us.

We also realize that time is of the essence sometimes and/or maybe you have plenty of rings lying around that fit perfect but just can't remember the size. Therefore we have outlined two possible ways for you to measure your ring size using this handy dandy printable PDF.

Please be sure to follow the instructions and double check measurements with a ruler. Printers can be tricky with sizing.


Method #2 - Measure A Ring That Fits

Place your ring over the closest matching sized circle, make sure the inside of the ring fits around the outside of the circle. If you are between sizes, order up.

Method #3 - Measure Your Finger With a Ruler

1 - Get a non-stretchy string or paper about 6" long and 1/4" wide.

2 - Wrap around the base of your finger. It has to fit snug, but not too tight.

3 - Mark the point on the string/paper where it overlaps forming a circle.

4 - Compare the length of the string/paper to the chart. That is your ring size.

*If you are between sizes, order a larger size.

Make sure your finger is at a normal body temperature -- fingers can shrink or expand when cold or hot. If your knuckle is much larger than your finger’s base, take two separate measurements and choose a size in between. You want a ring to fit over your knuckle, but not be too loose or it will shift around.